TDub touched on this last night in his ramblings post but I felt like we needed a full on thread dedicated to boxes of wine. For those of you in the know, little boxes of wine can be enjoyed just about anywhere. You don't need a bottle opener, and if poured in a cup with ice you can take it just about anywhere and people don't seem to mind. Heck the chardonnay looks like apple juice in a cup of ice. Yes whether its shopping at HEB, getting a hair cut, buying tackle at Academy, clothes shopping with your wife at the mall, walking the kiddos to the park down the road, whatever, a nice little chilled glass of wine can make your day. With that being said where do you start, how do I know if my hobo wine is good or not? Well let's start at the top, when you can, look for the Vendange Chardonnay. This is your go to lil box of wine, it is soft and smooth with hints of apple, pear and oak (Alc. 13.0% by vol). At 7-11 they sell 2 boxes for $7, Walgreens sometimes has them for $3.50 a box or lower, and HEB is your winner at $2.99 per box. 7-11 works well, you can grab 2 for $7 and a big gulp cup of ice for 25 cents. That's a party just waiting to happen. A very close second is the Rooster. Sadly most gas stations will not carry this wine, you will probably only find it in HEB, and since you are at HEB you might as well get the Vendange. But the Rooster is darn fine cheap hobo wine, I give it 2 thumbs up and slap on the back. Alas, Vendange or the Rooster are not always available. Some place don't even offer the lil boxes of wine. Instead you may be faced with a decision on little bottles of screw off wine. Don't worry though, you won't be far off with Sutter Home mini chardonnay bottles. You are going to want to pour this on ice and let it sit for a minute. It's much better chilled, as it is not quite as smooth as the Vendange. In a pinch it will serve you well, and just about all gas stations will have this or the lil boxes available. If there is no Vendange, no Rooster, and no lil Sutter Home, then you might just have to take a boat ride down Liberty Creek. The price is usually pretty good on the creek, sometimes you can find it in gas stations or Walgreens from $3-$3.50 per box. I've seen it as low as $2.75 on sale at Walgreens. The creek is a little bit rougher ride, you are going to need ice for sure. This like most boxed chardonnays is not about tasting a fine wine, it's about drinking cheap stuff when you are ready to party. So keep that in mind and enjoy the freedom flavor of Liberty Creek! Now you may find yourself at HEB saying hey why don't I spend like 50 cents or a 1 dollar more and get a little bota box or a black box, you know something not quite as hobo? Well don't fall for that trap. There are two things that money can not buy in the world of lil boxes of wine, classiness or flavor. Go with the cheap stuff, stay your lane, and you will be glad you did.